Three labour governance mechanisms for addressing decent work deficits in global value chains

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The literature on global value chains (GVCs) has identified six governance mechanisms for addressing decent work deficits (Gereffi and Lee 2016). Drawing on research in Bangladesh, Honduras and Viet Nam, this article argues that the most effective governance mechanisms are those that mitigate GVC power asymmetries. Three such mechanisms are: (1) public governance, because it harnesses the power of the State; (2) encompassing collective bargaining agreements; and (3) multi-actor global binding agreements. Variations in governance gaps in national labour relations regimes, and patterns and strategies of worker resistance will shape which mechanism most effectively addresses decent work deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-629
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Labour Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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